"Great Chefs Fight Hunger," food from Island restaurants, wine and entertainment, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Friday, Restaurant Row lawn fronting Ruth's Chris and Hiroshi's; $85, benefits Hawaii Foodbank. www.hawaiifoodbank.com, 836-3000, ext. 223.
A Cook's Tour of Chinatown, led by Walter Rhee; learn about meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices available at downtown markets, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, meet near Hawaiian National Bank between King and Smith; $15. Also, Rhee leads a tour of Chinatown eateries, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, meet at same location; $59. Reservations: 391-1550.
Chef Alan Wong gives a cooking demonstration, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom; free. 597-1647.
Sake tasting, sample the difference between nama sake and pasteurized sake,1-5 p.m. Saturday, The Wine Stop; free. 946-3707.
Chinese Fusion Cooking Class, chef Chih Chieh Chang teaches the preparation of sweet sesame balls (jin doi) and spring rolls, 10 a.m. Saturday, Shanghai Bistro at Discovery Bay; $25 includes lunch. Reservations required: 955-8668.
Kaua'i Flood Benefit Dinner, five-course gourmet dinner with dishes prepared by Sam Choy and Paul Prudhomme, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant; $75 benefits the Red Cross fund for Kaua'i flood victims Reservations: 732-8645.
5th annual Kona Chocolate Festival, tasting competitions, seminars about cacao cultivation, medicinal uses of chocolate, cooking classes, plus an evening with a chocolate fondue fountain, wine and beer tastings, entertainment and silent auction, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Kona, Big Island; $35 advance, $40 at the door, proceeds benefit Kona Pacific Waldorf School. (808) 640-5500.
Culinary Expo, cooking demonstrations by chefs Tony Liu of August restaurant in New York, and George Mavrothalassitis and Kevin Wong of Chef Mavro restaurant; cooking competition for college and high school students, ice and vegetable carving demos, food booths and entertainment, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Kapi'olani Community College; $10 admission includes $5 in food scrips, sponsored by Y. Hata & Co., with proceeds to benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific. 734-9483.
Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam, first step in the four-tiered process of earning a master sommelier diploma, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. April 1-2, Pacific Beach Hotel; course and exam fee is $495.00. Registration: www.mastersommeliers.org. Information: 591-8825.
Mililani High Project Grad Cookbook Sale, 6-9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through April 29, Mililani Town Center courtyard. 220-2488, 627-7747, ext. 219.
Matthew Gray's Hawaii Food Tours offers three guided restaurant tours — Hole-in-the Wall, Hawaiian Feast and Gourmet Trilogy — in and around Honolulu. Tours are priced at $59, $99 and $149 per person. Reservations at 926-3663, www.HawaiiFoodTours.com.
Fort Street Open-Air Market, produce, plants, flowers, locally prepared foods, arts and crafts from Hawai'i, Polynesia and Asia, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Pauahi and Fort streets; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's). 441-4995.
Fresh Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Kaiser Ko'olau Clinic (432-3800); also, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic (432-3100).
Fresh Thursdays, locally grown produce with free food samples, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Kaiser Moanalua clinic, main entrance; free admission. 432-2270.
Kailua Farmers' Market, prepared foods, plate dinners, pies, cookies, jams and sauces in addition to fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs and flowers, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Kailua Town Center parking garage (behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road). 848-2074.
Fresh Fridays, locally grown produce, healthy cooking demonstrations, educational information on disease prevention through nutrition, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic. 432-2000.
Aloha Friday Farmers' Market, produce, food products and entertainment, noon-6 p.m. Fridays, Maui Community College, Kahului. (808) 268-3276.
Farmers' Market, produce, meats, seafood and flowers, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, Kapi'olani Community College parking lot C. 848-2074.
Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School, Hale'iwa. 237-8248.
Gourmet Cooking Hawaii offers ongoing hands-on and demonstration cooking classes with top Island chefs in their restaurants. Choose your own chef, menu and date or join preset classes offered on Saturdays throughout the year. Complete schedule, pricing and booking information: www.gourmetcookinghawaii.com, 735-7788.
Farmers' Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays, Mililani High School, in front of the gym. 848-2074.
Country Market & Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center, 1330 Kalaniana'ole Highway. 259-5349.
Open Market, with a farmers' market, arts and crafts, flowers and plants, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, He'eia State Park. 948-1111.
"Two Skinny Chefs," cooking show with Beth-An Nishijima and Chai Chaowasaree, 5 p.m. Sundays, KHON-2. 585-0011.
Farmers' Market, fruits and vegetables, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. 396-0766.
Culinary Tour of Chinatown, visit noodle shops, dim sum parlors, food courts, bakeries and other food venues in downtown Honolulu with food writer Anthony Chang, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 42 N. King St.; $10. 533-3181.
Fresh Mondays, locally grown produce with free food samples, noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Kaiser Nanikeola clinic lobby; repeats, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays. 432-2270.
Waikiki Farmers' Market, fruits, vegetables, musubi and chow mein, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Waikiki Community Center's parking lot. 923-1802.
Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Merriman's Restaurant, Waimea, Big Island; $115 (all-inclusive). Reservations: (808) 885-6822.
Send announcements with contact name and phone number to: Culinary Calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; fax 525-8055; firstname.lastname@example.org with "Cul Cal" in the subject line.